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Bishop Paprocki: Pope’s Response On Cover-Up Inadequate

September 9, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Bishop Paprocki: Pope’s Response On Cover-Up Inadequate

By LISA BOURNE SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis’ no-comment reply regarding Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s testimony implicating the Pontiff and other senior prelates in covering up for alleged sexual abuser Archbishop Theodore McCarrick is insufficient, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., said on August 28. And in order for Francis to be accountable in the Church’s sexual abuse scandal as he has promised, Paprocki said, the Vatican must release any files on the disgraced former cardinal. Paprocki opened his statement: “The former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, has revealed a set of facts and circumstances that are deeply troubling as they relate to the awareness, actions, and inactions at the very highest levels of…Continue Reading

Defending The Faith In A Time Of Scandals

September 8, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Defending The Faith In A Time Of Scandals

By REY FLORES The past week I was invited on a nationally televised weekly news program on a show titled Perspectiva Nacional, which means National Perspective in Spanish, on the international Univision Spanish-language network. I was invited as part of a six-minute segment on a two-man panel to discuss the latest Church scandal regarding Cardinals Wuerl and McCarrick and the whole Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report allegations. The show’s producers wanted me to debate a lawyer who started by saying how corrupt the Church is, and how it has continued to facilitate predator priests’ access to children, and furthermore how these perpetrators and those covering for them should be punished and be made to pay restitution to the victims of their…Continue Reading

Weigel Praises Archbishop Viganò . . . Calls Him A “Courageous Reformer”

September 7, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Weigel Praises Archbishop Viganò . . . Calls Him A “Courageous Reformer”

By DOROTHY CUMMINGS McLEAN NEW YORK (LifeSiteNews) — St. John Paul II’s biographer and respected U.S. Catholic author George Weigel has given Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò a stellar character reference. Weigel, author of several biographies of St. John Paul II and other books about the Catholic Church, published an essay in First Things magazine August 29 reflecting on the prolonged scandal of cover-up in the Church and praising Viganò unreservedly for his courage, honesty, and loyalty to the institution of the papacy. “First, Archbishop Viganò is a courageous reformer, who was moved out of the Vatican by his immediate superiors because he was determined to confront financial corruption in the Governatorato, the administration of Vatican City State,” Weigel wrote. “Second,…Continue Reading

Thousands Of Catholic Women Ask Pope . . . Did You Cover-Up For McCarrick?

September 6, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Thousands Of Catholic Women Ask Pope . . . Did You Cover-Up For McCarrick?

By STEPHEN KOKX (LifeSiteNews) — A group of prominent Catholic women have written an open letter to Pope Francis imploring him to provide clarity on the “escalating” sex abuse crisis currently “engulfing” the Church. Expressing anger, betrayal, and heartbreak, the women bluntly ask Pope Francis if Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s detailed testimony about sex abuse being covered up by Vatican officials, including the Pope, is true or not. “We are Catholic women deeply committed to our faith and profoundly grateful for Church teachings, the Sacraments, and the many good bishops and priests who have blessed our lives,” they write. They also call on him to publicly state when he learned of the “abhorrent” allegations against now ex-cardinal McCarrick and if…Continue Reading

Former Nunciature Official… “Viganò Said The Truth”

September 5, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Former Nunciature Official… “Viganò Said The Truth”

By ED CONDON WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — Msgr. Jean-François Lantheaume, the former first counselor at the apostolic nunciature in Washington, D.C., has said that the former nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, told “the truth” in his explosive statement released to the press on August 25. The 11-page document contains specific allegations that senior bishops and cardinals have been aware of the allegations of sexual abuse against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick for more than a decade. Archbishop Viganò also states that, in either 2009 or 2010, Pope Benedict XVI imposed sanctions on McCarrick “similar to those now imposed upon him by Pope Francis” and that McCarrick was forbidden from traveling and speaking in public. In his statement, Viganò says that these were…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke… Reportedly Says It’s Not Wrong To Ask Pope To Resign

September 4, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Cardinal Burke… Reportedly Says It’s Not Wrong To Ask Pope To Resign

ROME — La Repubblica, a high-circulation Italian daily, asked Raymond Cardinal Burke if it would be wrong to ask for Pope Francis’ resignation, as the former nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, has done in his 11-page letter. Cardinal Burke responded, “I cannot say it is wrong,” according to an August 29 Repubblica article. America magazine picked up the story. “I can only say that to arrive at this one must investigate and respond in this regard. The request for resignation is in any case licit; anyone can make it in the face of whatever pastor that errs greatly in the fulfillment of his office, but the facts need to be verified,” he said in the interview…Continue Reading

Consolation In Troubled Times

September 3, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Consolation In Troubled Times

By DONALD DeMARCO The present time, one might say, is more than troubled; it is shaken to the core. That is the unpleasant reality, both within and outside of the Church. There can be no denying it. Nonetheless, there is never a time for despair. Hope springs eternal. It is important to take note of a few important facts so that our realization of what is going on does not discourage us from acting. Boethius wrote a classic work, The Consolation of Philosophy, while unjustly imprisoned and awaiting execution. He found consolation in the ability to retain his self-possession in the face of adversity. How do we retain our own self-possession at a time when the whole world seems to…Continue Reading

USCCB Confirms… Pope Appointed Cardinal Tobin To Synod

September 2, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on USCCB Confirms… Pope Appointed Cardinal Tobin To Synod

(Wanderer Editor’s Note: In his now-famous August 25 testimony, Archbishop Carlo Viganò stated: “The appointments of Blase Cupich to Chicago and Joseph W. Tobin to Newark were orchestrated by McCarrick, Maradiaga, and Wuerl, united by a wicked pact of abuses by the first, and at least of cover-up of abuses by the other two. Their names were not among those presented by the Nunciature for Chicago and Newark.”) + + + WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — The U.S. bishops’ conference has confirmed that Joseph Cardinal Tobin of Newark has been appointed by Pope Francis to participate in October’s 25th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will meet to discuss young people, the faith, and vocational discernment. Tobin will…Continue Reading

You Shall Love The Lord Your God With All Your Heart

September 1, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on You Shall Love The Lord Your God With All Your Heart

By JAMES MONTI In the Spanish Cathedral of Seville hangs a painting depicting the procession that King David summoned for the transfer of the Ark of the Covenant as recorded in the Second Book of Samuel. Dating from around 1700, Francesco Solimena’s The Transfer of the Ark of the Covenant is remarkable in many respects, with details such as a four-poled canopy borne over the Ark and two swinging thuribles unmistakably denoting David’s ceremony as a prefiguation of the Eucharistic processions that the Church would celebrate many centuries later. But what is likewise striking about this image is the face of David, enraptured as he gazes upon the Ark, the ultimate Old Testament symbol of God’s presence in the midst…Continue Reading

Sinicization… The Church In China Faces A New Prison

August 31, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Sinicization… The Church In China Faces A New Prison

By FR. BERNARDO CERVELLERA (Editor’s Note: Fr. Cervellera is the editor of AsiaNews, a PIME missionary online publication.) + + + ROME (AsiaNews) — The entire Church in China, official and underground, is about to enter a new, great prison through one magic word: Sinicization, assimilation to Chinese culture and society and above all submission to the party. It will allow the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Patriotic Association (PA) to control not only people (bishops, priests, faithful), but also what they think and the fruit of their thinking: historical records and interpretations, theology, social doctrine, architecture, sacred art, and even liturgical books and liturgy. In short, this is a political colonization of the minds and consciences of Chinese…Continue Reading